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Top 10 Electric Cars Most Likely to Succeed

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9. BMW i3 Megacity Vehicle: BMW was an early player in the space with its lively Mini-based electric vehicles, and its successor, a plug-in version of the 1-Series. The 2013 BMW i3 is the company’s first all-electric platform, and it’s headed for the road in the world’s super-crowded cities (hence the name). The concept makes sense, since that’s where the world’s population is headed, but only if the price is kept low enough so the middle class (instead of just the super-rich) can afford it.

10. Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid: Speaking of the super-rich, this car will cost $845,000. Porsche will build just 918 of them when it debuts on Sept. 18, 2013. (They’re into numerology at Porsche.) But even if they sell only a few of them, at that price the company will make money — and reap acres of publicity and the cover of every car magazine.

Image: Porsche 918 Spyder – cmonville via Flickr

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1:18AM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Once the prices drop, there will obviously be the demand, and more charging points will appear in the city, then the air quality will benefit, roll on.

4:50PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

VERY EXPENSIVE

11:37PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:13PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Wish I had 1!!!

10:01AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Dear Friends,
Do not forget: electric cars will help clear the air and reduce greenhouse gases, if the power source from where we charge the batteries, is renewable.
Obviuosly,if we use oil or coal for power generation, we will not have climate benefits of electric cars!
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2:53PM PDT on May 22, 2012

These cars are too expensive! I love my little new Prius C!

11:39PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

I didn't see them on the list but the Phoenix Motorcars SUT or SUV and the Obvio 828 or 012 seem interesting.

8:17PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The first Geo Metro I drove, a 2-door hatchback, got 55 mpg if I didn't go over 55 mph. I drove it 156000 miles at an over-all cost of 4.6 cents per mile, including purchase, gas, oil, tires and repairs. I have had others that got 52 mpg, 47 mpg, but nothing else comes close to the 4.6 cents per mile except my bicycle! --and horses, if they are mostly grazing and I ride a lot!

8:14PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

i wonder when they'll realise that Edison was right and a low-cost low-toxicity Nickel-Iron battery would be a far better choice than overpriced lithium systems? I agree that the bicycle - or even an electric-assist bicycle - will outperform electric or hybrid cars no matter what...

5:52PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

I think the old bicycle or newer trike has more efficiency

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